The best features of iOS, iPadOS and macOS that Apple didn’t announce on stage


Apple had its WWDC keynote Monday, showing off the big new features coming to its platforms, but it didn’t have time to show off everything coming to the new versions of iOS, iPadOS, and macOS. So we scoured the sample pages, Twitter, and much of the web to see what interesting features were left out of the presentation.

The big features in iOS and iPadOS were the updates to notifications, FaceTime, and multitasking, but it seems Apple has really focused on the platforms themselves as well. There are a lot of improvements in quality of life, including:

  • Spanish speakers can choose whether their devices refer to them with masculine, feminine, or neutral words.
  • Mail gets a widget and there is also a widget to show you how badly you slept.
  • iPads gain the ability to scroll through text fields and buttons in apps, as can be done with Macs and in Safari.
  • iPads support eye-tracking hardware to improve accessibility by letting people control a cursor using only their eyes.

The Monterey portion of the keynote was dominated by an incredibly impressive demo showing off Apple’s new Universal Control feature, but Apple also took the time to discuss Shortcuts, which are coming to macOS. However, Macs are complex machines and there are a few more fun and useful things that will be out in the fall:

  • A software microphone indicator light in the menu to show when an application is listening to you
  • A better interface for file copying, with the ability to pause and resume transfers
  • The easy possibility to clear user data, settings and apps without reinstalling the operating system (great if you’re selling your Mac)
  • The ability to manage your saved passwords in System Preferences. You can also import or export them from other password managers.
  • You can adjust the outline and fill color of the mouse pointer.
  • Windows will resize when you move them to another monitor.
  • Shortcuts allow you to integrate shell commands.
  • An improved Go to Folder dialog in Finder

Of course Apple runs a ecosystem this is where so many of the announced features come to all of its computers. Here are a few more that are also coming to iPhones, iPads, and Macs:

  • A built-in one-time password generator, similar to Google Authenticator or Authy
  • Safari will detect if websites can support HTTPS and will automatically use it if they do (similar to the HTTPS Everywhere extension).
  • An energy-saving mode for macOS and iPad (can’t wait to see how far I can stretch an M1 MacBook Pro)
  • Reminders also get a tag feature, similar to the one in Notes.
  • The Photos inspector tells you what Visual Look Up sees in the image.
  • The ability to enable DownTime when, when you really need to focus on something
  • An extension for Edge on Windows that lets you use your iCloud passwords

Well, Apple showed pretty much everything for WatchOS on stage – looks like it won’t be a big year for the wearable (but I’ll be very happy with better always-on display support and multiple timers). There are some new time complications!

If you want to know if you’re getting these features, we’ve outlined here which devices the new operating systems will be coming to: